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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: May 10, 2021 03:38 PM
From: Representative Karen Boback
To: All House members
Subject: PEMA Flood Plain Management Administration
In the very near future, I will be introducing legislation to amend the Flood Plain Management Act (Act 166 of 1978).
I am specifically proposing to do the following:
  • Amend Act 166 of 1978, which originally designated DCED as the lead agency to oversee flood plain management, by replacing DCED with PEMA.
  • Provide PEMA with the statutory authority to administer and oversee the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)  at the state level; thereby, providing PEMA with the necessary ability to work with municipalities to ensure that their programs meet NFIP regulations.
The proposed statutory changes will:
  • Address concerns FEMA has expressed to the commonwealth relating to approval of the state’s enhanced hazard mitigation plan.
  • Provide the Commonwealth with the ability to increase its percentage of federal hazard mitigation funding from approximately 15% to 20% for any federally declared disaster emergencies that involve public assistance due to the emergency. 
Under the current statutory requirements, DCED:
  • Must perform all the paperwork.
  • House the NFIP Coordinator within their department
  • Administer the program directly with FEMA, while PEMA administers, manages, and delivers the program. In so doing through a memorandum of understanding between DCED and PEMA, PEMA must:
    • train local flood plain managers.
    • host events.
    • field public inquiries.
    • conduct community visits to audit the performance of local adherence to NFIP and flood plain ordinances.
Please join me in sponsoring this important emergency management legislation.

Introduced as HB1598